Lionheart, Nigeria’s first-ever entry into The Academy awards has been disqualified on language grounds.
Nollywood finest actor, Genevieve Nnaji made her directorial debut with the classic Nigerian hit feature film – Lionheart, released on December 21, 2018, quickly rose to the top of the chain. The movie was acquired by Netflix for its unique storyline and impact in cinemas, additional success was when it earned an entry into The Academy in the Best International Feature Film category.
However, The Academy board revealed the movie has been disqualified on the basis of the langued used. The Academy described movies accepted into the Best International Feature Film category to be mainly from outside the United States and are predominately not in English. The movie was shot in English, The Academy doesn’t deem it fit for the category, hence the disqualification.
American filmmaker, Ava Marie DuVernay shared her view, she tweeted her disbelieve on the stand taking by The Academy using language, however, the main language spoken by Nigerians is English. Genevieve Nnaji also added her voice to the information stating English is the main bridge that unites all Nigerians, therefore, she is surprised by the disqualification.
Lionheart tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who takes a bold decision to save her father’s struggling transport company from collapsing.
Read all the reactions from Genevieve Nnaji and other celebs below.
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